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Indian Music Appreciation Course

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Delve into the Indian musical tradition with this one day course – the essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian classical music but were afraid to ask.

This course aims to demystify the traditions and the practices that are central to this most ancient and evolved of classical musical traditions. Aimed at complete beginners, it is also useful for those with some knowledge of Indian or European classical music.

Sukhdeep Dhanjal, a dynamic tabla teacher, starts the course with demystifying Indian rhythmic cycles known as talas. Harmeet Virdee, one of the UK’s finest sitar players, provides insights into raga music.

Presented by Darbar in partnership with Barbican


10am Taal and the Tabla
11:30am break 
12noon Demystifying Ragas 
1pm lunch
2pm Stages of a concert performance 
3.30pm break 
4pm Listeners choice. An overview of the performers to support your learning and listening.

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Barbican Sessions: Soumik Datta


Deep within the Barbican, British Indian composer Soumik Datta performs ‘From Raag to Reel’ on his custom built, fretless sarod (a 19-stringed instrument).

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Listen: Indian Classical Music

The quintessential Indian Classical Music playlist - this is music of drama, depth and dedication suitable for novices and experts alike.

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